Bill Henderson

Bowers_Wilkins_Zeppelin_1

Back in 2011, I reviewed the then new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air Speaker/Dock. It was—and still is—an incredible speaker that blows away most wireless speakers. After the review, my wife “helped herself” to it, so it now sits on top of her piano facing the kitchen where she can use Apple Airplay to stream [...]

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Tibo_Plus 3_12

I know I’ve said this before, but one of my favorite things about reviewing products is being pleasantly surprised because a product performs better than I expected. It also makes it harder to review, because it is much easier to explain why you don’t like something than it is explaining why you do like it. [...]

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Creative Roar 2_9

One of my all-time favorite and best sounding portable speakers is the Creative Sound Blaster Roar. Its combination of powerful audio, Bluetooth and unbelievably low price make the Roar a rarity in portable audio. Yet, as good as the Roar is, Creative saw ways to improve upon its already impressive features and created the Sound [...]

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Fluance Fi70

Whether the new Fluance Fi70 Bluetooth speaker is the best sounding Bluetooth speaker as Fluance claims remains to be seen. Only a review can determine that, but the Fi70 may qualify as the largest Bluetooth speaker yet. This 81 lb. monster will certainly fill a large room with high quality audio. At the core of [...]

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Phiaton_Bluetooth_Earphones_10

I’ve always liked Phiaton’s earphones and headphones, Their MS 100 BA balanced armature earphones are one of the best bargains available. The Chord MS 530 headphones are a comfortable pair of Bluetooth/Noise canceling headphones that look as good as they sound. Phiaton has adapted the noise canceling tech for their BT 100 NC earphones. Bluetooth [...]

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Mass Fidelity_Core_2

When I reviewed the Mass Fidelity Relay Bluetooth digital audio converter, I was struck how well made and solid the DAC is, as well as how it makes life easier dealing with my older stereo equipment. However, the Relay is a niche product that will not be useful to everyone. Not so with the new [...]

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HEOS_One_2

When it comes to multiroom music systems, Sonos is the king. However, being the king makes you a target and Denon has Sonos in its sights . Denon’s ammunition is HEOS (Home Entertainment Operating System). This system ranges from the small HEOS 1 speaker to full-blown wireless home theater systems. The HEOS 1 is the [...]

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Maqe_SoundJump_1

Here’s a scenario: You’re out in the middle of nowhere listening to your portable Bluetooth speaker when the battery dies—and you don’t have access to an outlet to recharge it. Well, if you have the Maqe SOUNDJUMP speaker, no problem. The SOUNDJUMP is unique because it has a replaceable battery pack allowing the battery to [...]

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Bragi_Dash_2

At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, German company BRAGI released the Dash, the world's first smart wireless headphones. The Dash is a combination of design, audio, wearable tech, biometrics and telephone functionality, all in one product. It’s truly wireless. The Dash has 3 features in one earphone. In addition to streaming via Bluetooth 4.0, there [...]

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Bowers_Wilkins_P5_Wireless_8

It's hard to write anything new about the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphone because so much of what needs to be said has already been said—twice! My review of the P5 Wireless is based on the P5 Series 2 which in turn was largely based on my impressions of the original P5. Sure, the P5 [...]

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Mass_Fidelity_Relay_3.

Let’s talk Bluetooth—again. Bluetooth began as a convenient, but spotty and bad-sounding way to listen to music without wires. Today, Bluetooth has improved dramatically in sound quality and signal strength—although it can still occasionally have annoying drop-outs. It’s almost gotten to the point that wireless—whether it’s Apple’s Airplay, wifi, or the ubiquitous Bluetooth is becoming [...]

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Fluance_Signature_Series_1

The Gadgeteer has reviewed a few speakers from Fluance and come away impressed. Fluance make everything from Bluetooth to home theater to home tower speakers. Fluance’s newest offering is also their new flagship model: The Signature Series. Fluance has taken engineering, craftsmanship and premium components from its other high performance speakers, such as their XL7F speakers, [...]

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Audiofly AF240_1

Since reviewing their excellent AF78 earphones, I wondered if Australia’s Audiofly would move into the headphone market. I didn’t have to wonder long because they've just released the new AF240 over-the-ear headphone—a first for them. The minimalist-looking AF240 is made from a combination of polycarbonate ear cups and metal alloy arms which allows them to [...]

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Focal Sphear_1

After reviewing every headphone French audio speaker company Focal sells, one fact stands out: Focal makes some of the best headphones available. The Spirit Professional is accurate to a fault and the Spirit Classic is one of the most comfortable headphones I have ever used. So when they came out with the Sphear—their first In-ear [...]

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Audiofly_AF78_3

I'm going to say this right up front. I really like hybrid earphones. I like the warm bass that the dynamic speaker provides. I like the accuracy the armature speaker is able to replicate. And I like that when used together, these two different speaker technologies give the best of both worlds. It's never a [...]

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Trinity_Delta_2

There are earphones with tunable filters and there are earphones with a hybrid (dynamic plus armature speaker) design. But it’s rare to see hybrid combined with filters in the same earphone. And it’s way more rare to see all this in an affordable package! Well, it’s not that rare anymore. The Trinity Delta Hybrid is [...]

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zZounds_1

As much as I like people to read reviews and consider expert opinions on headphones and earphones, this reviewer is not the definitive word on what is the best headphone. No reviewer is. Headphones are only as good as the user thinks they are. So then—if any reviewer (including me) is not the final word, [...]

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Aiaiai_TMA-2_19

Sometimes, one has to be careful what they wish for. Case in point: I was given the opportunity to review the new Aiaiai TMA-2 modular headphones, I eagerly said, "Sure!" Later I received a box with every part available for the TMA-2 to help make a recommendation about what combinations might work best depending on [...]

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Klipsch_X_Series_7

  I have been a fan of Klipsch earphones ever since I bought their S4 model a few years ago. I became a true believer when I got the X10i earphones. They still remain one of my all-time favorite earphones I've reviewed. Rather than rest on this success,  Klipsch has been expanding their model range [...]

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Audioengine HD6-3

Audioengine has created some outstanding and affordable speakers along with other audio components over the last 10 years. Their A5+ is a killer speaker that sounds terrific and packs a powerful punch. It was their top-of-the-line speaker—until now. Just in time for the holidays, Audioengine has released the HD6 speaker—a new concept in both sound [...]

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UPLIFT_desk_17

Even though I love reviewing audio gear more than anything else, it’s always fun to test something that makes no sound—well, almost no sound. This time, I’m trying out the UPLIFT height adjustable standing desk. To be honest, when I was given the opportunity to try out this desk, I had some reservations because I [...]

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Blue_Lola_2

Blue, a 20-year innovator in audio microphones, made quite a name last year—and not with mics. Their Mo-Fi headphone featured an insanely designed hinge that made it possible to wear them for hours without undue pressure at the temples. Oh, and they were self-powered with a built-in amp. Not bad for a first effort! Blue [...]

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TandV_Hoch_1

When I reviewed the Thonet and Vander Kürbis Bt Bluetooth speaker, I was impressed how such an inexpensive speaker could sound so good. Thonet and Vander are new to the U.S. market and are expanding their product selection with the new Hoch speaker. The Hoch and Kürbis speakers are identical looking except the Hoch is [...]

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A_Audio_Legacy_4

I’ve had an interesting time testing the A-Audio Legacy Over-Ear headphones. While they have active noise canceling and a bass enhancement mode, I had trouble with the $300 asking price. They are every bit as good as equally expensive Beats headphones, but comparing any headphones to Beats in both quality and price is asking for [...]

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Fiio_X3_2ndGen_2

A little over a year ago, I reviewed the Fiio X3 digital audio player (DAP). I liked the sound (still do) and its ability to play higher resolution files than my trusty iPod Classic. However, its interface suc… left a lot to be desired. Plus the arrangement and purpose of buttons was confusing at best. [...]

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